From Tolkien Gateway

Ambarmenië is Quenya for "the way of the world", this is, the conditions in which the creatures lived within Ambar, the world. These conditions, being created by Ilúvatar himself, were fixed and could not be altered by the own creatures.[1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

As Paul Strack explains, the term is clearly a combination of Ambar ("the World") + gerund of men- ("to go, proceed, move").[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part Two. Body, Mind and Spirit: XI. Fate and Free Will", p. 226
  2. Paul Strack, "Q. Ambarmenië pn.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 19 January 2023)